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Music to shop by

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Music to shop by

This spring we took our first stroll through the Combe Down tunnel, a one kilometre shortcut into the countryside near our home in Bath. A few minutes into the tunnel we started to hear sounds, soon identifiably music and eventually recognisably classical, most probably contemporary. Definitely Michael Nyman, we joked to each other. As we exited into the light it occurred to me that even inside the longest walking and cycling tunnel in Britain you cannot escape piped music. Piped music. I like all kinds of music but I'm fascinated by softer sounds – easy listening, elevator music, muzak. These...

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She Shreds

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She Shreds

Sometimes magazines are made because someone wants to speak but doesn’t know what to say – or worse – has nothing to say. She Shreds has a voice and a clear-cut message: despite doubt, women guitarists and bassists exist. It seems an absurd statement to make, but the prevalence of the constant disregard and exclusion of women musicians has ignited this magazine into existence. And the fire is fierce.    Now on their fourteenth issue, She Shreds is ever shifting with the tide, only recently celebrating five years of ‘pushing the guitar industry forward through inclusivity, visibility, education, and embracing alternate perspectives.’ Only last year,...

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Record Culture

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Record Culture

A decade ago my record collection took over our home. I now have a handle on it and try to avoid record shops. If I enter a charity or junk shop the urge to rummage for vinyl is under control. Attending a record fair is out of the question because they're particularly ruinous. I confess that I used to buy records not just for the music, but often for the covers. I must have been the youngest person on the planet to own a copy of Relax with Raymond Wallbank at the Organ. For the past year we’ve been regularly...

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Recorder

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Recorder

Recorder is a new, visual and literary celebration of pop deities as experienced in time and place. We’re not talking discographies here, or analytical discourse or career mapping. It’s a light examination of our (faraway) relationship with our icons and how, over decades and around the world, they have influenced and informed our lives. It’s an innovative idea and the launch issue of this intended biannual kicks off with David Bowie. But first, a disclaimer: I’ve always liked Bowie but, oddly for a serious music lover, I never bought his records. In fact I must have the only kid who stayed away...

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Tom Tom

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Tom Tom

There is a restless creative and musical energy that boils in Brooklyn; it’s called TomTom, and they care about drummers, music and feminism. I had one drum lesson as a teenager and after giving it a timid slap, I hung up the sticks and picked up the headphones instead. Having proven myself an appalling musician, you’d probably think I’d stay clear of this magazine, right? Wrong. You don’t have to be musical to rock to the heady vibe TomTom plays; you’ve just got to love music. 'Music is all too often a footnote in cultural periodicals or muddled with fashion or...

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